Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate

  • Wave Brings Business Services to Royal Bank of Canada’s Online Banking Platform
  • Finicity Teams with DataVerify.
  • Ripple Entices Banks with New Accelerator Program.

Around the web

  • Tradeshift joins the Hyperledger Board.
  • DAVO to offer app to Poynt merchants via Poynt’s App Marketplace
  • Ondot, Elan provide two-way fraud alerts for My Mobile Money app.
  • EverSafe wins a spot in Fidelity’s list of “8 financial tips for new widows.”

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

On Finovate.com

  • Bambu Wins Strategic Investment from Franklin Templeton.

Around the web

  • NBKC Taps Gro Solutions for Consumer Account Opening; Partners In Development of Business Account Opening Solution.
  • Pymnts: ShopKeep Enters Small Business Lending Market.
  • CSI globalVCard Partners with Mutual of Omaha Bank.
  • Mastercard partners with Garmin to offer customers a contactless payment watch.
  • American Banker looks at the partnership between D3 Banking and First Tennessee Bank.
  • Ping Identity to provide hub for UK Open Banking framework.
  • Braintree introduces support for Apple Pay and Android Pay in Australia.
  • MyChoiceTech reviews Eversafe, an anti-fraud solution geared toward seniors.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

JP Morgan Chase’s Startup Portfolio with CFSi

JP Morgan Chase is more than halfway through its 5-year $30 million commitment to startup innovation in its partnership with CFSi’s FinLab. Each of the past three years, fintech startups have been invited to apply to the accelerator which is focused on finding financial solutions for low- and moderate-income consumers (for example, this year’s challenge).

So far, CFSi/Chase have invested $250,000 each in 24 for-profit companies for a total of $6.0 million (notes 1, 2). In addition, they’ve made two grants totalling $500,000  The investments (note 3) were made in June 2015, June 2016, and this month, so it’s too early to see how well the venture is at picking winners (official rules here).

We do know that two of last year’s class are already out of business, Bee and Remedy, a surprising result for companies winning a quarter-million investment from the third largest bank in the world just 12 months ago. On the other hand, the class of 2015 already has six early winners from the 9 investments (below), so things look good overall:

  • Digit, the impulse savings app which has raised $36.5 million
  • LendStreet, a marketplace-lending platform which has raised $28.25 million
  • Ascend, the loan management service, which has raised $12.75 million
  • Even, the income smoothing service, which has raised $12.25 million
  • SupportPay, the child-support management app, which has raised $7.1 million
  • Propel, the food-stamp support app, which has raised $5.4 million

Since the average investment is just 12 month’s old, it’s too early to judge CFSi/Chase’s seed-stage investing prowess. And that isn’t even the primary goal of the joint program with CFSI. But it’s always nice to turn a profit while doing good. Based on the excellent performance of its first class, we estimate that the venture is already sitting on a paper gain in excess of $1.5 million (note 3) across the 21 for-profit companies still in business, a 50% total gain on an average of $3 million invested. And they may have had some return of capital with the acquisition of Prism by PayNearMe.

 


Total Return (2015 to 2017)

Total invested: $6.0 million in 24 companies (note 2)

Total grants: $500,000 in 2 non-profits (note 3)

Total returned: 1 exit, unknown valuation

Total market value: $7.5 million+ (note 4)

Paper gain: $1.5 million+ (50% total gain on average of $3 million invested from July 2015 to date)


 

Results by cohort:

2017 Investments


Total invested: $2.0 million

Total market value: $2.0 million

Paper gain/loss: $0


Blueprint Income: Creating the future pension – a simple, pre-determined income stream backed by insurance companies.

Total funding: $250,000

DavePredicts your “7-day low” checking account balance and offers advances on your paycheck at 0% interest to help prevent overdraft.

Total funding: $3.25 million

EverSafeMonitors seniors’ bank and investment accounts, credit cards and credit reports — serving as an extra set of eyes to detect fraud, scams, and identity theft.

Total funding: $250,000 (Finovate alum)

Grove: Personalized, comprehensive financial advice that is accessible and affordable.

Total funding: $250,000

Nova: World’s first cross-border credit reporting agency by building data partnerships across the globe.

Total funding: $250,000

Point: Home-equity platform giving homeowners cash today for a share of their home’s future appreciation.

Total funding: $250,000

Token TransitMobile app to quickly and easily pay for public transportation.

Total funding: $250,000

Tomorrow: Providing long-term financial security to busy millennials and working families.

Total funding: $2.85 million

 

2016 Investments


Total $ invested: $2.0 million + $250,000 non-profit grant

Total $ returned: 2 startups shut down, assume $0 return to investors

Total market value: $1.5 million

Paper gain/loss: ($500,000)


Albert: Mobile app that improves financial health with practical, actionable financial recommendations.

Total funding: $2.85 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $250,000+

Bee: Mobile banking alternative to the under/un-banked (In process of shutting down)

Total funding: $4.85 million

Value to Chase/CFSi = $0

Earn: Non-profit leveraging technology to solve America’s savings crisis.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: $0 (non-profit grant)

EarnUp: Platform that intelligently automates loan payments and identifies earning opportunities for the 200 million indebted Americans.

Total funding: $3.25 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $250,000+

CreditHero: eCreditHero helps consumers fix their credit report errors for free.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: TBD

Everlance: App for freelancers to automatically track their business miles and expenses.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: TBD

RemedyProtects people from medical bill errors and overcharges, saving the average family over $1,000 per year (shut down 14 July 2017)

Total funding: $2.15 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $0

ScratchModern-day loan servicer that delivers a borrower-first experience.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: TBD

WiseBanyan: Free financial advisor.

Total funding: $250,000 (Finovate alum)

Value to Chase/CFSi: TBD

 

2015 Investments


Total invested: $2.0 million + $250,000 non-profit grant

Total returned: 1 exit, unknown valuation

Total market value: $4 million+

Paper gain: $2 million


AscendReduces risk on current loans and rewards the borrower by lowering interest payments for positive financial behaviors.

Total funding: $12.75 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $500,000+

DigitAutomated savings tool that identifies small amounts of money that can be moved from checking into savings based on spending habits.

Total funding: $36.5 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $1 million+

EvenTurns the inconsistent income of hourly and part-time workers into a steady salary.

Total funding: $12.25 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $500,000+

LendStreetMarketplace-lending platform that helps borrowers reduce their debt and rebuild their credit.

Total funding: $28.25 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $1 million+

PayGoalNon-profit workplace tool that enables financially underserved workers to improve their financial health.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: $0 (non-profit grant)

PrismComprehensive bill payment and management app that helps people better manage their personal finances. In early 2016, Prism was acquired by fintech company PayNearMe.

Total funding: $3.8 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: Exited at unknown price

PropelSimplifies the food stamp application process by streamlining the initial enrollment form.

Total funding: $5.4 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $500,000+

PuddleReduces risk on current loans and rewards the borrower by lowering interest payments for positive financial behaviors.

Total funding: $250,000

Value to Chase/CFSi: TBD

SupportPayAutomated payment platform that enables parents to share child expenses and exchange child support.

Total funding: $7.1 million

Value to Chase/CFSi: $500,000+


 

Author: Jim Bruene is Founder & Senior Advisor to Finovate as well as Principal of BUX Advisors, a financial services user-experience consultancy. 


Notes:

  1. We only know that Chase is a “founding partner” in the $30 million effort. We don’t know if Chase is the sole investor, or merely the lead. And we don’t know what happens with any investment gains, whether they go back into CFSi’s balance sheet or accrue to Chase and any other investors involved.
  2. It appears that the companies are each offered a $250,000 convertible note. But we don’t know the overall terms, how many companies accept the financing, or if they are all $250,000. For the sake of this post, we are assuming everyone takes the full $250,000. We also don’t know if Chase is earmarking part of the $30 million commitment for add-on investments. So far, there are no public record of add-on investments in the 26 companies.
  3. Non-profits receive restricted grants of $250,000.
  4. Since none of the companies have revealed valuations in their subsequent financings, to value Chase’s stake, we are assuming a 2x valuation on A-rounds and a 4x valuation on B-rounds.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Build Intelligent Apps at Enterprise Scale with Ayasdi Envision.
  • PayPal’s Venmo Goes Head-to-Head with Zelle, Square Cash, and… Amazon

Around the web

  • EverSafe earns spot among the winners of Centre for Financial Services’ Financial Solutions Lab competition.
  • FIS introduces test solution to help FIs embrace real-time payments.
  • iovation to integrate its device-based authentication technology with PingFederate from Ping Identity.
  • BBVA taps into biometrics with new firm Veridas.
  • Expensify integrates with FinancialForce Accounting and PSA.
  • Rabobank selects Finastra (the merger of Misys and D+H) payment services hub for cross-border payments.

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Finovate Alumni News

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  • StockViews Closes Second Round Equity Funding, Earns FCA Authorization.

Around the web

  • EverSafe picks up $250,000 in capital from JP Morgan as one of eight FinLab startup winners.
  • Affinity Plus FCU ($2 billion in assets) to deploy Fiserv’s Architect platform to power its online and mobile banking services.
  • Trusted Key CEO Prakash Sundaresan looks at changing customer expectations, security challenges, and the shifting regulatory landscape through the lens of FinDEVr London.
  • Payfone wins patent for technology that fights SIM swap fraud.
  • Ghana’s Premium Bank chooses NetGuardians’ anti-fraud solution, FraudGuardian.
  • LendingTree acquires DepositAccounts for undisclosed sum.
  • AutoGravity unveils partnership with Fletcher Jones Auto Group.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Revolut Lands $8.7 Million, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Spiff Raises $150,000; Adopts Tech Talent from Fink

Around the web

  • Asset TV interviews CEO Tony Aguilar, founder, Student Loan Genius.
  • Business Quarter profiles Ormsby Street MD, Martin Campbell.
  • TechCityNews features Aire in an issue devoted to artificial intelligence.
  • TickSmith upgrades its TickVault Platform with file inventory module.
  • Bank Info Security interviews Fiserv anti-fraud specialist, Andrew Davies.
  • CNBC column on financial fraud and retirees quotes Liz Loewy, general counsel for EverSafe.
  • Bill.com launches Bookkeeping Accelerator Program.
  • CNBC features Moven founder and CEO Brett King speaking about his newest book, “Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.”
  • Kasasa Named One of the Best Places to Work in Austin for a Second Consecutive Year.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • “Lending Club Raises Average Rate 0.25%”
  • “Wipro Inks Agreement to Acquire Viteos Group”

Around the web

  • VentureBeat takes a look at the latest update to Toshl’s PFM app.
  • Insurance NewsNet features Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Hedgeable, and Betterment in a survey of robo-advisers.
  • WooTrader enables direct trading from its platform courtesy of a new integration with Tradier and its brokerage API.
  • GeekWire interviews CEO BJ Lackland of Lighter Capital.
  • Fidelity Clearing & Custody to offer clients protection from EverSafe at a reduced rate.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • “StockTwits Offers Brokerage Functionality Powered by Robinhood”
  • “Finovate Debuts: bleu Unveils its Beacon-powered, Point-of-Sale Solution”

Around the web

  • TechCrunch names Stockpile gift card on list of Awesome Gifts For Your Favorite 20-Something.
  • Prosper recognized as 24th fastest-growing company on Deloitte’s Fast 500. San Francisco Business Times places Prosper as number 3 of the Fastest Growing Companies of 2015.
  • Kashoo launches period-locking feature to lock data within prescribed timeframes.
  • Built in Colorado names Google, OnDeck, Ping Identity, Personal Capital, Xero, and PaySimple on list of top 100 tech companies in Colorado.
  • TickSmith’s TickVault platform earns the fast-growing firm an Innovators Award from FIA.
  • CenturyLink and Cogent enter into interconnection agreement.
  • RAGE Frameworks partners with Genpact, leveraging AI to automate financial processes.
  • Los Alamos National Bank chooses FIS as its new core banking provider.
  • National Bonds to deploy AML Risk Manager from Fiserv.
  • Geezeo launches its Life Infused Financial Experiences custom apps.
  • Let’s Talk Payments looks at edo Interactive and its partnership with Visa Europe.
  • Azimo extends its money-transfer service to Nigeria.
  • Fidelity Clearing and Custody teams up with EverSafe to help prevent elder financial abuse.
  • TransferTo joins forces with Continental Money to bring remittance services to Africa.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • “Socure Secures $2.5 Million in Debt Financing”
  • “Five Finovate Alums Named 2015 Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum”

Around the web

  • Let’s Talk Payments interviews Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and founder. See Xignite at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco in October.
  • Flint Mobile upgrades its iOS mobile app to improve compatibility with Apple Wallet.
  • Cloud OS Corezoid is now available via the Amazon Marketplace (in Russian).
  • Forbes notes MaxMyInterest, Dragon Wealth, and EverSafe in a feature on the global growth of fintech accelerators.
  • Market Visual integrates with the Tradier API to enable investors to manage stock portfolios and trade on a single platform.
  • Q2 Holdings acquires Centrix Solutions for $20 million.
  • Ayasdi named a 2015 Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum.
  • Delaware Business Times profiles Global Debt Registry.
  • RateFuel asks if Qapital represents the “future of banking.”
  • PayNearMe partners with The California Department of Child Support Services to offer a new payment option for cash-paying customers.
  • FutureAdvisor launches FutureGift to help friends and family easily contribute to kids’ college funds.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • “Realty Mogul Builds $35 Million in New Funding”
  • “Fastacash Secures $15 Million in Series B Investment”
  • “Fenergo Raises $75 Million from Insight Venture Partners”

Around the web

  • InComm adds new brands to its Incentives e-commerce site, including vacation brands.
  • Green Dot opens subsidiary in Shanghai.
  • Citizens 1st National Bank introduces mobile remote deposit capture with integration of Malauzai SmartApp, Ensenta mRDC.
  • Liz Loewy, senior vice president for EverSafe, spoke about elder financial abuse at White House Conference on Aging.
  • Arxan Technologies partners with Sequent to develop new security solution to protect HCE-based payment systems.
  • Five Degrees appoints Peter-Jan van de Venn as new chief commercial officer.
  • BBVA Group inks strategic agreement with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
  • Business Insider names executives of Braintree, PayPal, Coinbase, and Venmo as 5 of 10 execs who are transforming the fintech industry.
  • Kotak Securities and Heckyl launch real-time news and market-info apps.
  • Cachet Financial Solutions to deploy Select Mobile Money platform for SOLE Financial’s Visa Paycard.
  • MyOrder teams up with WirecardGroup to issue contactless mobile cards using HCE technology.
  • Algomi wins “FinTech Innovation of the Year” honors at 2015 Euromoney Global Awards for Excellence.
  • Wealthfront lowers its minimum investment to $500.
  • Bank Innovation takes a look at how startups like SizeUp help banks work better with small businesses.
  • Authentication specialist BioCatch earns a pair of patents from the U.S. Patent Office.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.